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Wentworth Miller opens up about life after coming out

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Last year was a tipping point for LBGT celebrities as many across the world of entertainment finally decided to come out of the closet and share their coming out stories with the world. One of the most notable coming out stories was that of “Prison Break” actor Wentworth Miller, who shocked his fans when he revealed that he’s gay. Now, a year later, Miller is speaking out again about his life outside of the closet and how it’s changed him.

Miller opens up about his life in a new interview with Details and explains how, after “Prison Break” ended, he took a break from acting and the limelight to focus on becoming a screenwriter. But Miller also explains that the change of pace allowed him to deal with his sexuality and the struggles of the public image that was created around him being a heterosexual Hollywood hunk.

“I feel more fully expressed [now]. After ‘Prison Break,’ I came to grips with the fact that my public persona was in misalignment with how I actually felt. I was out to a handful of people in my 20s, and once I hit 30, I was out to family and friends. But professionally, I was feeding a fantasy. I created this air of ‘We don’t address that thing,’ ” Miller explained.

Miller also addresses the millions of female fans he gained through “Prison Break” and says that his coming out doesn’t alienate those fans who fell in love with him years ago.

“The people on screen aren’t the characters they’re playing. They’re our projection of who we want them to be. I think it’s possible to have a man-crush if you’re not gay or to have a crush on a guy you know to be gay if you’re a woman. Attraction is fluid, and I think our imaginations are strong enough to hold a container for all of this complexity, even if we know on a subconscious level something’s not what it appears to be,” said Miller.

Besides his sexuality, Miller also spoke about his struggles with depression, which he addressed last year when he revealed that he’d attempted suicide when he was younger. Miller says that he now deals with his depression with the help of a support group.

“I’m part of a group called the ManKind Project. It’s a circle of men I sit in with every week that’s a safe sounding board for whatever’s up for me: good, bad, ugly, really ugly,” he said. :We know how to respond to someone coming out now — we’ve had that training — but admit you’re sad or that you’ve thought about suicide and people don’t know what to do. With sadness, particularly with men, that conversation is unfamiliar.”

Hopefully, Miller’s frank talk about his life will inspires others be open about their sexuality and their feelings. –nicholas robinson

1 Comment

  1. sugarbutterbean on July 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    umm so dam handsome to be gay… its a shame all these brother are coming out gay .. a lot of black men go to the pen and come out not gay but comfortable having sex with a man but liveing with a woman called DOWNLOW .. this is how so many black females catch hiv ,. this is how it started to spread , you wouldnt believe how many , working class black females ,single moms , etc have been desperate to have a man , though she had one when she meet an ex convict …and had sex with him and got hiv … she increased her struggle to get a man cause she has to tell men she date she is infected .. this is hugh in the african ameircan communities minus the crackheads its an epidemic …
    beautiful women thrown their lives away for a man .. then you have the problem of black men hating black women and going to white women, the only problem is white women will not date a downlow brotha they can tell , black women tend to act blind and dumb , dont hed non of the warning signs … there are signs too!! but if you aint looking LADIES YOU WANT FIND THEM READ A BOOK… THERE R BOOKS ON THIS SUBJECT … a downlower is smooth .. you will never know he is .. he like men and women sex with men and he want awoman to present to his family and friends ….. that is whats wrong with columbus short he is down low…. and is strugglin with it .. just like you cant hardly get a gay man to come out double that fear with a downlow man … never will they come out …. so you really just have to bust them